This year just wasn't the year.
With the Big 12 tournament over on the first day for the Cyclones, we all are
left wondering if this is the most disappointing season for
Six minutes into the elimination
game and the Cyclones were already behind by nine:15-6. This has been an
absolute constant this season. Time and again,
A Middle of the Game Run.
How many times this year did we
see a point in the game, where ISU looked like world-beaters? Trailing by 18
with 15 minutes to play, the Cyclones went on a 22-8 run in the next 10 minutes.
They looked great on defense. The guards were pressuring the ball, forcing
turnovers and letting the big dudes not have to guard one-on-one. Shots were
Lack of Closer.
I'm sure you are tired of me going over this, but once again the Cyclones had an opportunity down the stretch, only to falter. After pulling to within two with 1:52 to play, the good guys finished the game 1 of 4 in FGs and FTs with three turnovers. OSU on the other hand went 8 of 10 and had no turnovers. That isn't a good combo to win games.
No Interior Defense.
Torre Johnson and Mario Boggan
went a comined 29 of 33 from the field and free-throw line. They had 29 points
at halftime. They average 27 points together….for the entire game. Today they
had 43 points and 14 rebounds. The bigs were just never able to get accustomed
to Big 12 basketball. In games where ISU out-rebounded teams in conference play,
they were 4-0. Maybe it was weight? Maybe it was aggressiveness? Maybe it was
youth? Whatever it is, the improvement didn't come quick enough. Taggart scored
16 points in his first game at
For the second half, Bill Self decided he wanted to sit next to me. Ok, it wasn't because of me, it was the open seat. I overhead conversations he had with other media. He made it clear; he didn't want to face Stinson and Blalock another time. He won't have to. Hopefully, it won't be the time we see Stinson and Blalock play in the Big 12. I don't want this disappointment to be their legacy.